Macon was passed over in the latest round of federal grants for a program aimed at boosting education by boosting city neighborhoods.
The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced its 2012 round of grants for the "Promise Neighborhood" grants. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that $60 million in awards for 17 programs nationwide.
But the Macon Promise Neighborhood wasn't one of them. That is a coalition of three dozen local groups, spearheaded by Mercer University.
Last year, the Macon Promise Neighborhood Grant received a $500,00 planning grant.
Under the federal Promise Neighborhood program, communities work to improve student achievement and graduation rates long-term by boosting the quality of life in those neighborhoods.
Under their plan, work would begin with Ingram-Pye and Hartley Elementary schools. The Macon Promise Neighborhood would identify at-risk youth in the neighborhoods and provide them and their families with support services and educational enrichment opportunities in conjunction with Bibb County School District's "Macon Miracle".
They also applied for additional funds in this year's round. Macon was hoping to receive $5 million a year for five years to work toward its goal of increasing the graduation rate. That money had to be matched dollar-for-dollar locally.